Investors in Canada’s creative industries commit to ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for all
Posted on April 18, 2018
As investors in Canada’s creative industries, we are committed to working together, alongside our industry partners and stakeholders, towards taking measures that ensure a safe and respectful work environment for all.
Today, we share our common guiding principles that will serve as a basis for our actions going forward. These principles are a result of discussions held over the last three months. Each organization will have its own approach and/or plan inspired by this joint commitment, and many have already begun implementation.
These guiding principles are a first step in an ongoing process to create sustainable mechanisms to shift the current workplace culture in our creative industries.
We salute the associations, guilds and other organizations who have contributed to this important work, and we thank the brave individuals from across the country who have come forward with their stories.
Together, along with all members of the creative industries, we will continue to work to achieve positive change.
Guiding Principles: creative industries commitment to an ecosystem of respect
As investors in Canada’s creative industries, we are committed to supporting a healthy ecosystem that thrives in a culture of mutual respect, dignity and inclusivity that is free from any form of harassment.
Our Guiding Principles:
We continue to support the prevention and eradication of harassment, in any form, in our own organizations and in the companies we support. We encourage the industry to respond to harmful behaviour in a timely and meaningful way.
We believe that:
creating and maintaining an inclusive and respectful workplace is everyone’s responsibility
harassment cannot be tolerated
complainants and victims of harassment must be supported and protected
safe reporting mechanisms should be put in place to protect complainants and victims
awareness and education on the prevention of harassment are critical elements to ensuring safe and inclusive workplaces for everyone
We expect all companies that work with, or seek funding from, our organizations to respect these principles, comply with relevant laws and implement policies and procedures for a harassment-free workplace.